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Wednesday - August 20, 2014
Barnes & Noble can't go it alone against Amazon, so it's getting a little help from its friends. Whether it will be enough for the company to get by is another story. Teaming up with Samsung "brings Barnes & Noble the brand equity Samsung has built up, and gives it a lot more credibility on the hardware side," said Gartner analyst Brian Blau, "and it probably saves B&N a lot of money." [More...]

Wednesday - August 20, 2014
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HTC and Microsoft are pals again, and the reunion could be advantageous for both. HTC could get a break on licensing fees, for example, and having a single phone that's versatile enough to run different OS and software sets could differentiate it in the market. As for Microsoft, it gets to show off its Windows chops on a flagship phone that's won considerable respect. [More...]

Wednesday - August 20, 2014
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The Moto 360 appears to have more going for it than other smartwatches in the market, but it has one drawback that may doom it right from the start: It's not made by Apple. When Apple launches a smartwatch, everyone will suddenly want one. Apple "will add legitimacy to the category," said Tom Mainelli, a program vice president at IDC. "Apple does design really well." [More...]

Tuesday - August 19, 2014
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The first thing Google will do with Jetpac is shut it down -- but it's unlikely that will be the last we'll see of its technology. Jetpac's quirky list of best places to visit for this and that fits well with Google's search and mapping prowess. "Google is interested in leveraging the digital infrastructure of everyday life, and this fits into that strategy," said journalism prof Rich Hanley. [More...]

Tuesday - August 19, 2014
Traditional attack methods, like those used with the recent mobile online banking Trojan Svpeng, involve the installation of malware on the device to steal information and commit fraud. However, new techniques are emerging that would enable an attacker to compromise a device and steal private information from the owner -- for example, the typical copycat app on a third-party app store. [More...]

Tuesday - August 19, 2014
Facebook has begun labeling some of the satirical news articles that appear in users' news feeds with a tag designed to prevent readers from mistaking the content for genuine news. The social network's "[Satire]" tag is apparently part of an experiment that's been under way for a month or so. The rules for its application don't seem to be entirely clear. [More...]

Monday - August 18, 2014
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A.L.O., the "botlr" that can deliver stuff to hotel rooms, may have very few tricks up its sleeve -- and no arm for a sleeve, for that matter -- but it's undeniably cute. "My first thought is, you have to start somewhere, as in utilizing what might be called 'passive robotics' for simplistic tasks like delivering extra towels or a toothbrush to hotel guests," said tech analyst Charles King. [More...]

Monday - August 18, 2014
As an analyst in a market of experts, I'm known as a generalist, but if I have an area of particular focus, it is how to make customers love you. In the car space, there are two emerging vendors on the world stage: India's Tata, which now owns brands like Jaguar and Land Rover; and Tesla, the dominant provider of electric cars. Both companies are trying to make a dent in the world. [More...]

Saturday - August 16, 2014
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Apple has Dr. Dre and now Intel has 50 Cent. Sort of. The rapper's company is collaborating with Intel on heart-rate monitoring headphones. "This looks like a fun and useful device, but how it does will depend on the branding, the marketing budgets, and how well it works," said Gartner's Brian Blau. Also, "people are waiting to see what Apple will do." [More...]

Friday - August 15, 2014
Apple has begun ramping up for an incursion into the healthcare market, two months after announcing its HealthKit app at WWDC. The app will collate all a user's fitness and health data. Apple reportedly has discussed HealthKit with healthcare providers Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins, along with electronic health records provider Allscripts. [More...]

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